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Virginia Tech scores 17 straight for halftime lead on Ohio State

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Ohio State looked unstoppable on its first eight plays from scrimmage tonight in Blacksburg. Eight offensive plays into the night, Ohio State was up 14-0 thanks to a nice touchdown pass from starting quarterback Cardale Jones and an 80-yard run by Ezekiel Elliott. Since then the Virginia Tech Hokies have chipped away and taken a surprising lead, 17-10.

Ohio State got on the board on its first offensive possession of thew night, with Urban Meyer sending Jones out to lead the offense. Seven plays later Jones was celebrating his first touchdown pass of the season, this one to Curtis Samuel from just outside the red zone. Ohio State wasted no time getting back on the board on its next possession. Eliott broke free for an 80-yard touchdown up the middle fo the defense, surging Ohio State to a commanding 14-0 lead. Converted wide receiver Braxton Miller even got in the stat sheet with his first catch of the season showing off some good concentration and hands on a 24-yard gain. Ohio State’s offense has hit a bit of a wall though with the next three possessions resulting in a missed field goal, an interception off a tipped pass and a punt.

Virginia Tech was not without its own little wrinkles on offense. Early in the second quarter Michael Brewer completed a wheel route pass to fullback Sam Rogers down the left sideline, and the shifty fullback did the rest of the work. Rogers raced down field and reached the end zone after making an Ohio State defender (Eli Apple) break his ankles. After missing a 50-yard field goal try earlier in the half, Joey Slye cut into the Ohio State lead with a 46-yard field goal. Following the special teams mistake by Elliott of Ohio State, Brewer went deep to Isaiah Ford for 36 yards to the door step of Ohio State’s end zone. Brewer found a wide open Ryan Malleck in the end zone for the go-ahead lead.

Ohio State will get the football to begin the second half.

Virginia Tech loses starting tight end for year

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The hits just keep on coming for the Virginia Tech Hokies. Virginia Tech is going to need every available body if they are going to take down top-ranked Alabama this weekend in Atlanta. That includes a new starting tight end following a season-ending injury to Ryan Malleck. Malleck was injured in a practice last week and the school announced today he suffered a labral tear in his left shoulder. The injury will sideline Malleck for the entire 2013 season before it ever gets started.

While there is never a good circumstance to have an injury of this magnitude, Malleck does have a red shirt season to spare, so his eligibility will not be affected. He will be undergoing surgery to begin the process of working back to the field next year. According to The Roanoke Times, the coaches are optimistic about Malleck’s potential return to the team in 2014 as a red shirt junior.

Malleck was listed as Virginia Tech’s starting tight end on this week’s depth chart for Alabama while waiting for further word on his status. Red shirt junior Duan Perez-Means was listed behind Malleck on the depth chart and is likely to be the replacement as the Hokies take on the Crimson Tide Saturday.

Malleck had 17 catches for 174 yards last season for Virginia Tech. No other tight end on the roster has recorded a catch at the college level.